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  • The Lower Side Of Uptown The Lower Side Of Uptown Quick View

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    The Lower Side Of Uptown

    Toadies will release their next album The Lower Side Of Uptown via Kirtland Records. This will be the band's seventh studio album and a 'return to form' as explained by frontman Vaden Todd Lewis: This album is 'roots Toadies, full of riffs and time shifts.' The Lower Side Of Uptown is the follow up to 2015's Heretics which saw the band taking a change of pace with a stripped down sound and mostly acoustic. When they were preparing to enter the studio this time around there was no set idea for what was to come but, the process ultimately had the band going back to their signature sound: I feel that subconsciously we thought that this record would have ended up incorporating some of that quieter sound, but that didn't happen. When we got to the studio with nothing more than a pile of riffs, what came out of the band was really loud and heavy music. So not only is this album louder than Heretics, I think it's louder and heavier than the last couple Toadies albums guitarist Clark Vogeler said of the sessions, which were recorded Arlyn Studio, a favorite of the legendary Willie Nelson, and The Bubble in Austin.
    1. When I Die
    2. Take Me Alive
    3. Polly Jean
    4. You Know the Words
    5. Mama Take Me Home
    6. Keep Breathing
    7. Amen
    8. Human Cannonball
    9. Broke Down Stupid
    10. I Put a Spell on You
    11. Echo
    12. Sentimental
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  • Play.Rock.Music (Awaiting Repress) Play.Rock.Music (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Play.Rock.Music (Awaiting Repress)

    It's been 23 years since Toadies started playing rock music in Fort Worth, Texas. Through lineup changes, shelved albums, member departures, band break-ups, one-off reunions and full-on performances, Toadies are an act that has experienced nearly everything except, perhaps, the freedom to grow as they choose.

    But that mark is about to be checked, too. On July 31, Toadies will release their fifth proper full-length album a disc fittingly called 'Play.Rock.Music.', because, perhaps for the first time in their career, the band feels capable of unapologetically doing just that.

    After bursting onto the national scene with their breakthrough 'Rubberneck' album, which begat their signature single, 'Possum Kingdom', the successful follow-up single 'Away' and the immense fan favorite 'Tyler', Toadies returned to the studio in 1996 with the pressure of trying to match their first album's success. The result was a disc called 'Feeler', an album the band's then-label home, Interscope Records, was supposed to release in 1997 but decided to shelve despite the band's protests. So it was back to the drawing board for the 2001-released 'Hell Below/Stars Above', an awkwardly timed sophomore album that enjoyed moderate success and almost universal critical acclaim but was ultimately doomed because of the seven-year wait to arrive.

    But a reunion show in Dallas in 2006 reignited the band's spark. The following year, the band embarked on a surprise tour of Texas. A year later, they fully re-formed, recording and releasing 2008's 'No Deliverance'.

    This past spring, the band, joined by Grammy-nominated producer Chris Frenchie Smith entered an Austin recording studio with a clean slate. The songs on 'Play.Rock.Music.' are some of the best the Toadies have ever released. The trademarks of the band are all present Lewis howl, the chugging guitars, the unrepentant angst but they're also improved upon. Without question, it is: With the band's second successful stint now having lasted almost as long as the initial run, 'Play.Rock.Music.' shows off a band in full stride, an outfit with renewed vigor and, perhaps most important, a group with a clear and confident understanding of itself.

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